Our Story

O’Brien Harris is guided by our promises:

— to build cabinetry that honors timeless British sensibility with traditional American craftsmanship

— to assure an excellent experience, from design to completion

— to apply practiced expertise in tailoring each project to each client

— to instill cabinetry with the authenticity, integrity, and heritage of heirloom furniture

Those promises are the reason that O’Brien Harris began, and they guide what we do every day.

O’Brien Harris was formed as a collaboration of renowned designers Laura O’Brien and Peter Harris. Peter began his interior design career with a specialty cabinet maker in his native London. His work brought him to Manhattan, and there he spent the next two decades working with the world’s leading cabinet sellers. During this time, Chicago-based designer Laura O'Brien gained recognition as an interior designer and launched flagship showrooms in Chicago's Merchandise Mart and The Boston Design Center. Both designers had portfolios full of hundreds of cabinetry installations around the world, and both had a vision of a company that could achieve even more. It was thus that, in 2009, Laura and Peter opened O'Brien Harris in Chicago.

Since its formation, O'Brien Harris has been recognized for creating classic rooms rendered with a contemporary eye. Handmade, bespoke cabinets that culminate in pure lines and precise proportion. The company is a unique collective of designers and craftspeople who work together to build the pride and heritage of a shared name and tradition.

O’Brien Harris also values environmental ethics. We carefully avoid woods and suppliers that contribute to deforestation, and we use water-based finishes rather than alternatives that contain harmful chemicals.

O’Brien Harris understands that furniture can express a rich depth of knowledge, experience, and inspiration. The challenge to fulfill that expression is why we began and what we pursue every day.